Ambulance location for maximum survival

Erhan Erkut, Armann Ingolfsson, Gunes Erdogan

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This article proposes new location models for emergency medical service stations. The models are generated by incorporating a survival function into existing covering models. A survival function is a monotonically decreasing function of the response time of an emergency medical service (EMS) vehicle to a patient that returns the probability of survival for the patient. The survival function allows for the calculation of tangible outcome measures-the expected number of survivors in case of cardiac arrests. The survival-maximizing location models are better suited for EMS location than the covering models which do not adequately differentiate between consequences of different response times. We demonstrate empirically the superiority of the survival-maximizing models using data from the Edmonton EMS system.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)42-58
Number of pages17
JournalNaval Research Logistics
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2008


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